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Posted on: March 29, 2023

Martinsville Police Department receives reaccreditation

Martinsville City Police Department with reaccreditation certificate

The Martinsville City Police Department has received their reaccreditation from the Virginia Law Enforcement Professional Standards Commission for 2023. 

The department received their initial accreditation certificate in 1998 and has received reaccreditation certificates in 2003, 2007, 2011, 2015, and 2019. 

Executive board members consisting of active Sheriffs and Chiefs of Police establish professional standards and administer the accreditation process by which Virginia agencies can be systematically measured, evaluated, and updated. 

Accreditation (and reaccreditation) is beneficial for a number of reasons. It increases the law enforcement agency’s ability to prevent and control crime through more effective and efficient delivery of law enforcement services to the community it serves, enhances community understanding of the law enforcement agency and its role in the community as well as its goals and objectives, increases citizen confidence in the policies and practices of the agency, and it creates a forum in which police and citizens work together to control and prevent crime. 

"The Martinsville Police Department is extremely proud to be accredited for a seventh term. The process of accreditation requires outside agencies to review our department policies and practices routinely to ensure we are as professional as possible," said Martinsville City Chief of Police, Rob Fincher. "We believe it is an important element in building trust with the citizens of Martinsville which in turn allows us to serve the community in the best possible manner."

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